If Aney remains happy by cutting the cake containing the image of Maharashtra then we too will retaliate says Nitesh Rane.
Congress MLA Nitesh Rane gave a befitting reply to Maharashtra’s former Advocate General Shrihari Aney by cutting a cake containing the latter’s photo. Nitesh who is in favour of unified Maharashtra had earlier criticised Aney when he had demanded statehood for Vidarbha and Marathwada. Earlier Aney had celebrated his 66th birthday by carving out Vidarbha region from the cake containing Maharashtra’s map. Political parties had criticised Aney and said that he is promoting divisive politics. Nitish had then said that let people of Maharashtra see how many birthdays will Aney celebrate in this manner.
“Aney is indulging in divisive politics. We will ensure that Aney’s demand of separate Vidarbha and Marathwada will never be fulfilled. People of Maharashtra oppose the bifurcation of Maharashtra and want development of the state,” said Nitesh.
“This is an insult to the people of Maharashtra. If you can bifurcate a state by cutting a cake then everybody would have followed this tactics. We will oppose the division of Maharashtra. Instead of dividing the state the government should try to merge Belgaum and Karwar with Maharashtra,” he added.
The cake cut by Aney earlier was shaped as Maharashtra, with all parts like Vidarbha, Konkan, Marathwada and Western Maharashtra shown in different colours. After blowing the candles, Shreehari got to carve Vidarbha out of Maharashtra. He also had cut the slice of Marathwada region from the cake. This ingenuous cake was presented to him by some lawyer friends practising in Nagpur High Court where the cake was cut.
Earlier MNS Chief Raj Thackeray had criticised Aney by saying that Maharashtra is not a cake which can be cut into pieces. Aney had cut the portion of Vidarbha region to challenge Thackeray.
Even Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik criticised Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney for demanding statehood for Marathwada. Sarnaik had compared Aney with Owaisi who is known for making controversial statements.
Aney’s demand for separate Marathwada has already created a furore in the assembly as Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena raised slogans and demanded his resignation. He had to resign from the post of Maharashtra Advocate General after his remarks about granting statehood to Marathwada.